Faith, in that consummation, is the main incitement to poetic utterance and to lofty achievement. Shairp, Province of Poetry, 28 ? ?If poetry be not a river fed from the clear wells that spring on the highest summits of humanity, but only a canal to drain off stagnant ditches from the flats, it may be a very useful sanitary contrivance but has not, in Bacon?s words, any participation of divineness.?? Shakespeare uses prose, such as the merrymaking of clowns or the maundering of fools, for ideas detached from emotion. But lofty thought with him puts on poetry as its singing robe. Savage, Life beyond Death, 1-5 ? ?When Henry D. Thoreau lay dying at Concord, his friend Parker Pillsbury sat by his bedside. He leaned over, took him by the hand, and said, ?Henry, you are so near to the border now, can you see anything on the other side?? And Thoreau answered: ?One world at a time, Parker!? But I cannot help asking about that other world, and if I belong to a future world as well as to this, my life will be a very different one.? Jesus knew our need of certain information about the future and therefore he said: ?In my Father?s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.? ( <431402>John 14:2).
Hutton, Essays, 2:211 ? ?Imagination maybe powerful without being fertile; it may summon up past scenes and live in them without being able to create new ones. National unity and supernatural guidance were beliefs which kept Hebrew poetry from being fertile or original in its dealings with human story for national pride is conservative, not inventive and believers in actual providence do not care to live in a world of invention. The Jew saw in history only the illustration of these two truths. He was never thoroughly stirred by mere individual emotion. The modern poet is a student of beauty; the O.T. poet is a student of God. To the latter, all creation is a mere shadow, the essence of its beauty and the sustaining power of its life are in the spiritual world. Go beyond the spiritual nature of man and the sympathy of the Hebrew poet is dried up at once. His poetry was true and divine but at the expense of variety of insight and breadth of sympathy. It was heliocentric rather than geocentric. Only Job, the latest, is a conscious effort of the imagination.? Apocalyptic poetry for these reasons was most natural to the Hebrew mind.
Balfour, Foundations of Belief, 66 ? ?Somewhere and for some Being, there shines an unchanging splendor of beauty, of which in nature and in art we see, each of us from his own standpoint, only passing gleams and stray reflections, whose different aspects we cannot now coordinate, whose import we cannot fully comprehend but which, at least, is something other than the chance play of subjective sensibility or the far off echo of ancestral lusts.? Dewey, Psychology, 200 ? ?All products of
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